How to Open Clams

 Seriously, how beautiful is this basket of clams ?! I love the deep inky blues the clams have when he first pulls them out from the mud.  I see another clammy painting in my not-too-distant future. 

Seriously, how beautiful is this basket of clams ?! I love the deep inky blues the clams have when he first pulls them out from the mud.

I see another clammy painting in my not-too-distant future. 

I have been itching to add to my "How To" series for awhile and a mini-break from art festivals in early May let that happen. Doesn't hurt that my fisherman boyfriend supplies me with tons of inspiration when he's working on the bay. 

Second thingy I want to share : I am revisiting some of my older instructional pieces. After years of having people suggest/argue with the steps to eating a lobster, etc., I am jumping back into and adding some more tips for those struggling with seafood. 

Some cosmetic tweaks are in the works too. My first piece in this series was completed in 2010 so they could use a little love.

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YES I made changes, but I need to say one important thing. Eating anything is intuitive and the only way to find your way is to try it yourself (especially picking crabs, which is now newly updated. Check out that hand lettering I painted with my liner brush & the note about the "mustard").

 

 

Interior Design Collab

My May was spent working on a large commission, a dream project with some unexpected challenges. The main culprit was working on a much larger scale than I (and my computer --- omg so painfully slow) were used to.

In a nutshell : I spent many days in my studio pleasantly creating happy light-hearted images of beach creatures that I can't wait to share with everyone (yes! there's more than I shared in my IG stories). I learned a lot about my work-limits and my computer's work-limits. AND (most important IMHO) I learned that I need to spend more time creating art in the physical realm and exploring outside. Too much time in front of a screen is... just yikes

I am not sharing that project yet because it's not completed, so I decided to share something I worked on in the Fall of 2016.

THIS GORGEOUS SERIES OF ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR & INK NAUTICAL KNOT PAINTINGS > > >

When the designer sent me these photos of the finished room, I was ecstatic. She knew exactly how to make my art shine in this cozy yet crisp space. Her website is thecleverdesigner.com

Knots Featured/Requested by the Client :

  • Carrick Bend
  • Fisherman's Bend
  • Figure 8
  • Beckett Bend
  • Lovers Knot
  • Double Sheet Bend

* I am not (*knot) a sailor or Girl Scout or Certified Knot Aficionado. I started painting knots when I was commissioned to paint Save the Date cards (Get it? Get it? Do ya?).  I was further inspired to paint more because of the way light & shadow wraps as the ropes twist around each other. Because of their intricate yet predictable structure, I find painting knots incredibly relaxing. Give it a try yourself sometime... xx

Blue Claw Crab Love

Often, people ask me what my favorite piece is. My answer is usually whichever piece is newest. That's mostly true now. I am ALL about my new Fiddler Crab collection (available in-person only, come see me at a show). However, there are some older pieces that are on my favorites list, too.

A few years ago, I created a piece inspired by my love of blue claw crabs & Old Bay seasoning.

  This is as far as my proficiency in mathematic equations ever got : Blue Claws + Old Bay = LOVE

This is as far as my proficiency in mathematic equations ever got : Blue Claws + Old Bay = LOVE

I fell in love with crabs as a tiny person. Every Saturday, my grandfather would take my brother & I out in his rowboat to check his crab traps in Crab Creek (Shelter Island, NY). He'd pull them up into the boat, mud slopping everywhere, crabs pinching at the air. 

My love for crabs only grew after living in Baltimore, MD for 4 years while studying Illustration at MICA

Exhibiting this piece at festivals, I've learned some crab facts. For instance, blue claw crabs are often shipped from FLORIDA to keep up with demand. They can be found in waters all over, not just Maryland/VA/NJ. Some crab lovers decipher male & female crabs by comparing the shapes on their undersides to "The Capital Building" and "The Washington Monument". People in Annapolis refuse to acknowledge that a knife can be beneficial in picking crabs (ha). A lot of people prefer crab cakes to picking crabs because "it's too much work for so little meat". The mustard is THE BEST PART, even though some people insist it is crab poop. Do you have any to add? 

Anyone else have a soft spot for steamed blue claw crabs? 

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